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    1. Vanderbilt University

    Nashville, TN
    • $42,768 Tuition
    • 1500 Avg SAT
    • 6,851 Enrolled

    From the School: In 1873, on the heels of the Civil War, "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt gave $1 million to the university that now bears his name, with the hope that it would "contribute to strengthening the ties which should exist between ...

    2. Claremont McKenna College

    Claremont, CA
    • 1440 Avg SAT
    • 1,298 Enrolled

    Students at Claremont McKenna really love their school. With its “phenomenal academics,” “brilliant professors,” “amazing career services center,” and “perfect weather,” it’s no wonder CMC students are “the happiest students in America.” Claremont ...

    3. Clemson University

    Clemson, SC
    • $30,826 Tuition
    • 16,931 Enrolled

    From the School: One of the country's most selective public research universities, Clemson was founded in 1889 with a mission to be a "high seminary of learning" dedicated to teaching, research, and service. Today, these three concepts remain ...

    4. Tulane University

    New Orleans, LA
    • $44,425 Tuition
    • 1320 Avg SAT
    • 8,353 Enrolled

    Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Tulane has risen with New Orleans as a phoenix from the ashes, and the way students value their academic experience’s connection to the city continues unabated: “Tulane has made a commitment to the city of ...

    5. Virginia Tech

    Blacksburg, VA
    • $24,769 Tuition
    • 1220 Avg SAT
    • 24,034 Enrolled

    Virginia Tech is a school with a reputation as big as its campus. Known for its “beautiful campus, amazing community feel, top-notch engineering field,” and as a “good value”—not to mention its renowned athletics—Virginia Tech offers “a perfect ...

    6. Rice University

    Houston, TX
    • $38,260 Tuition
    • 1460 Avg SAT
    • 3,965 Enrolled

    Students at Rice are generous with their praise for professors, who “are very accessible and happy to talk about the material and give help outside of class,” and make “their course material relevant, being sure to include modern-day and industry ...

    7. Kansas State University

    Manhattan, KS
    • $21,813 Tuition
    • 20,327 Enrolled

    Kansas State University is “all about providing a great education with tons of opportunities at an affordable cost.” The low in-state tuition is the major reason many end up here, but the strong academics and plethora of resources are just as a big ...

    8. Bowdoin College

    Brunswick, ME
    • $46,354 Tuition
    • 1440 Avg SAT
    • 1,805 Enrolled

    From the “academic rigor” to the “laid-back attitude of the people” and “the beautiful Maine scenery,” Bowdoin is a small liberal arts college that packs a considerable punch. Tucked away in the quaint town of Brunswick, Bowdoin provides students ...

    9. Vassar College

    Poughkeepsie, NY
    • $48,840 Tuition
    • 1400 Avg SAT
    • 2,418 Enrolled

    Vassar College is a small “academically challenging” school that offers a “perfect liberal arts feel” and seeks to broaden students’ perspectives. The “strong sense of community” is apparent both in and out of the classroom, where the school drums ...

    10. Hillsdale College

    Hillsdale, MI
    • 1310 Avg SAT
    • 1,472 Enrolled

    From the School: Hillsdale College is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women "grateful to God for the inestimable blessings resulting from the prevalence of civil and religious ...

    11. Whitman College

    Walla Walla, WA
    • $44,440 Tuition
    • 1320 Avg SAT
    • 1,498 Enrolled

    If learning can be both rigorous and laid-back at the same time, it happens at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. The “challenging” academics here are coupled with a “relaxed attitude” in order to give students “the best education possible without ...

    12. The College of Idaho

    Caldwell, ID
    • $23,300 Tuition
    • 1070 Avg SAT
    • 1,095 Enrolled

    A small liberal arts school, The College of Idaho is “like a diamond in the rough.” Students tell us, “You’d be surprised at the very high quality this little school offers!” The small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratio promote the ...

    13. University of California--Santa Barbara

    Santa Barbara, CA
    • $35,070 Tuition
    • 1250 Avg SAT
    • 20,238 Enrolled

    It’s easy to be dazzled by this University of California’s “incredible location” in stunning Santa Barbara, but UCSB is much more than a “safe and beautiful campus.” “It has one of the top chemical engineering departments in the country,” a “highly ...

    14. Yale University

    New Haven, CT
    • $44,000 Tuition
    • 1500 Avg SAT
    • 5,438 Enrolled

    Listening to Yale students wax rhapsodic about their school, one can be forgiven for wondering whether they aren’t actually describing the platonic form of the university. By their own account, students here benefit not only from “amazing academics ...

    15. Wheaton College (IL)

    Wheaton, IL
    • $31,900 Tuition
    • 1300 Avg SAT
    • 2,444 Enrolled

    Wheaton College strives to cultivate students’ knowledge and to “prepare them to enter the world as strong and capable individuals who serve Christ and His Kingdom.” This “academically rigorous” and deeply religious liberal arts school is equally as ...

    16. Wesleyan University

    Middletown, CT
    • $47,702 Tuition
    • 1400 Avg SAT
    • 2,906 Enrolled

    Tucked away in Middletown, Connecticut, Wesleyan University is a dynamic institution “committed [to] catering to its undergraduates.” The school certainly attracts those with a high level of “intellectual interest and curiosity” and students “really ...

    17. Pomona College

    Claremont, CA
    • $45,500 Tuition
    • 1460 Avg SAT
    • 1,612 Enrolled

    At Pomona College in Claremont, you can get “an academically rigorous education” in a “low-stress California atmosphere.” At this prestigious liberal arts school, “The professors are, for the most part, fantastic—engaging, creative, and sharp,” and ...

    18. Washington University in St. Louis

    St. Louis, MO
    • $45,700 Tuition
    • 1480 Avg SAT
    • 7,336 Enrolled

    Armed with a “fantastic reputation,” Washington University offers undergraduates “unparalleled facilities and resources and a friendly and intellectual atmosphere.” Students join a “supportive community” replete with “academic flexibility,” a myriad ...

    19. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

    Needham, MA
    • $43,500 Tuition
    • 1490 Avg SAT
    • 355 Enrolled

    If the “hands-on approach to engineering, friendly students, small and intimate setting, [and reputation as] academically one of the best schools in the nation” don’t win you over, perhaps the fact that “Olin is constantly changing curriculum to try ...

    20. Auburn University

    Auburn, AL
    • $25,776 Tuition
    • 1160 Avg SAT
    • 20,629 Enrolled

    Auburn University is a traditional Southern school full of Southern hospitality that provides a surprisingly “family-like atmosphere” for a school of 25,000 and an unsurprising level of school spirit. “Auburn people are proud to be Auburn people,” ...


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